Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Movie Review: Arbitrage

by M. J. Joachim

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Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling

Gere plays a wealthy billionaire in this 2012 Independent Drama about money, lies and betrayal. Sarandon, ever the dutiful wife and matriarch looks the other way, as her husband cheats (even on their marriage vows) and lies his way to success, while raising her upscale family.

It’s a tale most of us are familiar with, an old story with the usual twists, turns and cover ups. I couldn’t help but think of the Kennedys when Gere accidentally killed his mistress in a car accident, he managed to walk away from and cover up. 

The realism of the story is what truly caught my attention. The rich are powerful indeed, and their lies seem easier to ignore in the grand scheme of things; their betrayals seem less poignant and demand less consequences, regardless of a system based on justice for all. 

Moving money (fraudulently) to get what you want, is all part of an average day’s work in high society. Black mailing your spouse after looking the other way too many times, is considered the path of least resistance, to keep the money in the family, where it belongs. 

All things considered, Arbitrage gets the following rating:

Story: 2.5
Acting: 3.0
Pace: 2.5
Overall Rating = 2.7 

Rating Scale: 

1 – Horrible
2 – Okay
3 – Good
4 – Wonderful
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M. J.

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